This book is a bite-sized history of France, presented through the lens of its food. From stories of revolution and war to tales of Enlightenment-era gastronomes, Stephane Henaut offers up a delicious slice of French history that will leave readers feeling both informed and hungry.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for anyone with an interest in French history, food, or both. It provides a concise overview of France’s past while also highlighting some of its most famous culinary figures and recipes.
- The author does a great job of weaving together stories about French food with historical anecdotes.
- The book is well organized and easy to read.
- It provides an interesting perspective on French history that goes beyond politics and diplomacy.
- The author resorts to puns throughout the book, which can be tiresome.
- The chapter titles are often misleading, as they do not always correspond directly to the content of the chapter.
- Some historical information is repeated from one chapter to another.
Learn more about the author
Stephane Henaut is a food writer and historian who specializes in French gastronomy. A Bite-sized History of France is his first book.
“Henaut’s charming book is perfect for Francophiles and food lovers alike. Through the stories of France’s great chefs, political leaders, and writers, we come to understand the country’s history in a new light-and feel inspired to cook up some French classics ourselves!”
“Absolutely loved this book! A Bite-Sized History of France is a fantastic read for anyone interested in French culture and history. The author weaves together stories about food, politics, and culture into an enjoyable narrative that provides a comprehensive overview of the country’s past. Highly recommended!”
“A Bite-Sized History of France is a charming and informative book that takes us on the journey of French cuisine from its humble beginnings to the complex, sophisticated fare we enjoy today. Stephane Henaut’s love for food and history shines through in his writing, making this an enjoyable read for anyone with an interest in either subject.”
“This charming little book is a must for anyone with an interest in French history—or food! Stephane Henaut offers up a fascinating look at France’s past through its culinary traditions, from the Revolution to today. With mouth-watering recipes included, A Bite-Sized History of France is sure to whet your appetite for more.”